What determines the size of government, the extent and type of public good provision, the effect of interest groups and lobbying on legislators, and the connection between business and electoral cycles? These are the types of questions that this course will address -- questions that investigate the intersection of politics and economics. Other topics include regulation and bureaucracy, monetary policy and central banks, and taxation and redistribution. The course will draw on a broad range of theoretical perspectives from positive political theory, public choice, and economics. Therefore, although there are no formal prerequisites for the course, some exposure to basic game theory or microeconomics would be helpful.